McMurdo Blog

Reaching New Heights: How MEOSAR is Inspiring Innovation

  It’s not often that one gets to be part of a game-changing event. In the search and rescue (SAR) world, all of us are part of life-saving activities and developments every day. Still, NOAA’s decision to commission first-of-its-kind ground stations reminded me of the big picture. I’m struck by the enormity of the Cospas-Sarsat satellite […]

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Never Underestimate the Power of the PLB

  As a seasoned product manager at McMurdo – and an engineer on ships around the world for years before – I appreciate the global search and rescue (SAR) ecosystem that helps protect the lives of our customers every day. Recently, I was reminded of the strength of one of the smallest parts of that […]

MEOSAR Becomes a Reality

  McMurdo Makes MEOSAR a Reality: The First Save You’re backpacking alone in rugged terrain. You fall more than 90 feet, break one of your legs and can’t walk.  Even your cooking pot is mangled.  What’s the best thing you can hope for? For New Zealand’s Don Stevens, it was the distress signal from his personal locator beacon […]

Ready, Set, Wear It!

  National Safe Boating Week begins on May 21, 2016 and ends on May 27, 2016.  This is an outstanding safety outreach event developed by the National Safe Boating Council to educate the recreational boating community on the importance of wearing a life jacket, with an emphasis on their year-round “Wear It!” a North American […]

What is a H.E.R.O.?

  When the International Maritime Rescue Federation announced its inaugural H.E.R.O. (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) Awards earlier this month, it was the realization of a vision that was sparked in early 2014 during the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. What does the Apollo moon landing have to do with search and […]

Victory in Vessel Safety with new U.S. Coast Guard AIS Mandate!

On March 2nd, 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard passed a progressive mandate that requires certain categories of commercial vessels, such as fishing boats, tugs and ferries, operating in U.S territorial waters to install a USCG certified Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceiver by March 2016. This adoption of AIS technology is a great leap forward in […]

AIS and the Future of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

Throughout history, the evolution of maritime distress and safety communications technology has relied heavily on the advancement of global search and rescue initiatives. Since the early invention of the radio, ships voyaging across the seas have depended on this essential advance to ensure the safety and vitality of their ships and crews. In 1999, the […]